Now look, fellows. Jack Nicklaus, maybe, but there's no way a golfer named Pam anything is going to hit a 178-yard seven-iron. I play in the mid-80s, and just about all the men I play with use a four-iron or so for that distance. I know Pam Barnett's a pro, but that doesn't make her Wonder Woman.
?Other LPGA members who watched Pam Barnett's 178-yard car-winning drive thought that it was going to carry over the green. She did use a seven-iron, because the tee was elevated and there was a strong favoring wind, but it was only by chance that her ball (the smaller British one) hit the pin and stopped exactly 9?" away.—ED.
A reader's suggestion (Aug. 12) that "quality points" be awarded to black in drawn games to break ties in chess matches would do nothing to combat the problem of excessive draws and would produce unfair results. If, in a 24-game match, Player A won six and lost six with white while drawing all his games with black, the tied match would be resolved decisively in his favor, 12-0, on "quality points." But in reality Player B's feat of winning half his games with black would be vastly more worthy of reward.
As the reader himself correctly states, grand masters play to win with white, but are often content to draw with black. "Quality points" would only reinforce this strategy. For most of this century chess defense on the grand-master level has clearly dominated offense, and black normally favors colorless positional defenses providing no winning chances but ensuring a safe draw. What is needed to reduce draws at the top levels of the game is an extraordinary reward for black victories, which would encourage exciting, counterattacking, tactical games with decisive outcomes.
BRUCE J. HAVIGHURST
Shaker Heights, Ohio